• Chicago Cold War: Alan Schriesheim

    Schriesheim, Alan, Alter, Peter

    Alan Schriesheim was born in 1930 in New York City. After finishing his Ph.D. in chemistry, Schriesheim took a job with the National Bureau of Standards in 1954. In 1956, Schriesheim began working for…

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  • I WAS THERE: Sue Levins

    Levins, Sue, Long, Tim

    Sue Levins grew up in a middle-class family in Skokie and was home on summer vacation from her studies at the University of Miami during the 1968 convention. She went to Lincoln Park on the first day…

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  • I WAS THERE: Brian Biernacki

    Biernacki, Brian, Long, Tim

    Bernard Biernacki was born in Chicago and lived in the Bridgeport community area until his marriage in the mid-1970s. At that point, he and his wife moved to west suburban Aurora. While studying journ…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Lech Walesa

    Walesa, Lech, Alter, Peter

    Born in Popowo, Poland in 1943, Lech Walesa was a founding member of Solidarity, Poland's first independent trade union during the communist era. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. In 1990, he was…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Roberta Wood

    Wood, Roberta, Wright, Brandon

    Roberta Wood was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 4, 1949. She was born to Communist parents, but her journey toward Communism took a much different path. Roberta and her family moved to Riverside…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Louise Coleman

    Coleman, Louise, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Richard Bradshaw

    Bradshaw, Richard, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Barbara Stewart

    Stewart, Barbara, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Nicole Hollander

    Hollander, Nicole, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: R. Craig Sautter

    Sautter, R. Craig, Russick, John

    A senior at Indiana University, Sautter was heavily involved in anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, because of his involvement with Students…

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  • I WAS THERE: James Alter

    Alter, James, Bivins, Joy

    James Alter was born and raised in Chicago. He described himself as the "political maven" of his family, because his birth family was not very political. His wife held many positions in the local and…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Dan Dale

    Dale, Dan, Hudzik, Maribeth

    Dan Dale, reverend for the Wellington Church of Christ, was a fourth generation South sider whose family had roots in the Bohemian free thinkers movement. Throughout the 1980s, Dale participated in th…

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  • Don Michel 'Insight' radio interview with Herb Klein, April 16, 1970

    Klein, Herbert G. (Herbert George), 1918-2009, Michel, Don, 1931

    Interview with Herb Klein conducted by Don Michel for his 'Insight' radio program in Anna, Illinois, broadcast April 16, 1970. Director of communications for President Richard Nixon, Klein discusses t…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Dorothy Gaters

    Gaters, Dorothy, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Jerry Field

    Field, Jerry, Alter, Peter

    During the 1968 Democratic National convention, Mr. Field was a staff member at the Chicago television station, WFLD. He discussed visits to Lincoln and Grant Parks to film and to observe protestors.…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Cheron Masonburg

    Masonburg, Cheron, Egbert, Catrien, Mitchel, Yasmin

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: John Keefe

    Keefe, John, Alter, Peter

    Mr. Keefe was a college student at Loyola University Chicago's Loop campus during the Democratic National Convention. He was also an Oak Park, Illinois resident then. Although he wanted to attend the…

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  • I WAS THERE: Catherine Rategan

    Rategan, Catherine, Bivins, Joy

    Catherine Rategan was born in Chicago in 1932 and grew up in the Austin community area. Her mother was a homemaker and her father represented their home district in the state legislature. In 1968, Ms…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Mark Rogovin

    Rogovin, Mark, Moomey, Kristin

    Mark Rogovin was an artist and peace and anti-war activist. Mark opened the Public Arts Workshop in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, and co-founded the Peace Museum which was open for over twenty y…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Octavian Cojan

    Cojan, Octavian, Hudzik, Maribeth

    Octavian Cojan, born in Romania in 1936, grew up during World War II. He and his wife defected from Romania in 1973. Cojan became an entrepreneur in Chicago, starting many businesses that catered to R…

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